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NCLAT gives approval to JSW Steel to acquire Bhushan Power & Steel

2020-02-17 15:21:06   【Print】
The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal ("NCLAT") on Monday allowed JSW Steel to acquire of Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd.Asian Metal Copyright The bench said that the EBITDA earned by BPSL during its Corporate Insolvency resolution period will be given to JSW Steel.Asian Metal Copyright (BPSL) for Rs 19,700 crore by providing it immunity from prosecution by Enforcement Directorate ("ED").

A two-member bench said that JSW Steel will be immuned from the acts done by the former promoters of BPSL.

However, it also said that prosecution against the former promoters under the money laundering act by the Enforcement Directorate can continue.

It has also rejected the petitions filed by operational creditors, seeking higher claims.

The bench said that the EBITDA earned by BPSL during its Corporate Insolvency resolution period will be given to JSW Steel.

On October 10, the ED had attached assets worth over Rs 4,025 crore of debt-ridden BPSL in connection with its money laundering probe linked to an alleged bank loan fraud by its former promoters.

JSW Steel, which emerged as the successful resolution applicant with its Rs 19,700 crore bid for BPSL, filed an appeal against the ED's move before the NCLAT.

The appellate tribunal had on October 14 directed the ED to immediately release the confiscated assets of BPSL in favor of the resolution professional of the debt-ridden firm.

While the ED was of the opinion that it can attach the property of BPSL under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the ministry of corporate affairs has been maintaining that the ED cannot do so as the proceedings under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code was going on.

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